Re: Newbie needing help please
I would highly recommend Robin Hobb. Joe Abercrombie as well for a little dirty, gritty action. Brandon Sanderson is IMO the best of the bunch these days. I just read the Acacia Trilogy by David Anthony Durham and it was fantastic. Also Greg Keyes , Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series is a good read.
Personally i have only read the first of the Malazan but that was a few years ago so I need to re-read it before I get back into it. Great premise but from what I hear, a challenge.